- 11 Aug 08, 12:54 PM
Beijing, Water Cube
It was frustrating because their aerial work and synchronisation was fantastic but they were both off with their entries into the water. You saw the Chinese and Russian pairs going in with hardly any splash, while our boys weren't upright and throwing up lots of splash. That meant they were penalised heavily by the judges and they were quite a way off the pace in the end.
Nerves played their part. It's a big occasion and Tom and Blake are at their first Olympics. The other teams in the final had a lot more experience and that shone through.
There has been a massive amount of attention on Tom but I don't think that had any influence on the way he performed today. In the past few days, the team around him - including me as his mentor - have tried to protect him. In fact, I ended up doing a lot of interviews for the media so he didn't have to.
I am a bit surprised that Blake has now been quoted saying some harsh words about Tom, but in the heat of the moment, people say funny things. Synchronised diving is a partnership and the last thing you need to do is apportion blame.
I've spoken to them both and they're fine - they're definitely still speaking! The important thing for them now is that they regroup and learn the lessons.
The simple fact is that it was always a huge ask for them to get a medal. It was a really tough field and a massive occasion. Don't get me wrong, I'm desperately disappointed for them. I was hoping for a bronze. They had an outside chance if people were making mistakes and if they performed at their best - but they didn't.
That performance today - disappointing as it was - means that there will be more realism from the media and the public when it comes to Tom. When it comes to the individual event, he can now relax, enjoy it and find his flow. There is no pressure on him whatsoever, and that's exactly what I'll be telling him.
Individual qualifying is not until Friday 22 August, with the final the next day, so Tom will now have a few days to take it easy and I've told him to try to catch some of the other events. Pete Waterfield, who's also in the individual, is actually going back to the GB training camp in Macau. Sometimes, being in the Olympic village can become a bit samey and you need to go away and freshen up if your event's right at the end.
But Tom's opted to stay in the village because he wants to be close to his family so they'll probably go off and do some sight-seeing together, before knuckling down for the individual about a week before.
I don't think today's experience will have anything but a positive effect on him. It was by no means a disaster and he has said all along that this Olympics was about gaining experience - which is exactly what he now has.
What pushes you back makes you stronger. There was no fairytale today but there will be one in the future.
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